Yesterday one of my co-workers was enjoying a Snapple Apple from our resident vending machine when I heard him say, “there’s no apple in Snapple Apple!” So I checked it out and that’s right, there’s no apple in Snapple Apple.
So what IS in Snapple Apple? Supposedly, “the best stuff on earth.” Filtered water, Sugar, Pear juice concentrate, Citric acid, Natural flavors, Vegetable and fruit extracts (for color). Not terrible, but definitely not good. Although they get points for no high fructose corn syrup, the drink is mostly sugar — 67 grams per bottle.
I like this story for two reasons: First, I encourage people to read the ingredient labels on food. At the very least, know what you are putting into your body. You might even think twice before you do.
Second, it’s a good example of how marketing can mislead the consumer about food and nutrition. Be smarter and don’t let them fool you. Question where your food comes from. Often, the answers are at your fingertips — in small print.
I hope the day comes when the educated consumer dictates what ingredients are in our food. But until then, I’ll stick with water. The best stuff on earth!